I've been keeping my eyes open for new Kutani figures for my collection for years, but for the past four or five it's been slim pickings indeed. Then, whilst looking for an artist's signature on the Internet, I stumbled upon a dealer selling this lovely lady. Well, I may possess many good qualities (she says modestly) but the ability to keep my purse shut around Japanese ceramics isn't one of them. Needless to say, an email shot off at high speed, a transaction followed very shortly after, and this figure (measuring a very decent 47 cm tall - that's 18½ inches) will be journeying from the Netherlands to good old Somerset very soon.
Her glorious deep blue kimono is decorated with a pattern of butterflies hovering above lillies, which just so happen to be my favourite flower. And she is in perfect condition. Considering her height and weight, it is a miracle that her head and arm haven't been knocked off... as they so often are with these figures. She is simply stunning.